US drama series by <i>Homeland</i> writer to be filmed in Jerusalem

Dig, produced by Hatufim creator Gideon Raff, will premiere on USA Network in the fall of 2014.

Homeland creators 370 (photo credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
Homeland creators 370
(photo credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
A new drama series by Homeland creator Gideon Raff, will be filmed mostly in eastern Jerusalem.
Dig will be filmed in the City of David national park located in the Silwan neighborhood as well as the Old City of Jerusalem.
The series, which will be aired on the NBC subsidiary USA Network, will be produced by Raff, screenwriter of the original Israeli version of Homeland, Hatufim ("Prisoners of War"), and co-written by Heroes writer Tim Kring, a co-creator of Homeland.
The first six episodes have been purchased without buying a pilot.
The series deals with an American FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who uncovers a conspiracy while investigating the murder of an American archaeologist.
It reportedly will be broadcast in the United States at the end of 2014, and will be filmed using Israeli and American actors.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat worked actively to bring the project to Jerusalem.
“The new series is a significant milestone on the road as Jerusalem becomes an attractive location for international productions,” he said. “Jerusalem’s rich history attracts series and films with great stories to tell.”
Silwan has been a flashpoint in Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem, where 400 Jews live among 31,000 Palestinians.